The backside 360 is one of the easiest and safest spins to learn, and once nailed can be taken to just about any size of jump. Unlike 180s (where frontside is generally considered easier), when it comes to 360s you’re better to try the backside version first, because when you come around to the end of the trick you can see the landing clearly. The key is to commit to the manoeuvre 100%, and to initiate all the spin prior to leaving the ground. As with all spins, the grab adds style points; mute is probably the simplest option, but we’re going to spice things up with a tail grab. Here’s how:

Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab
Ben Kilner Bs 360 Tail Grab

Tips

If you carve off the jump on your toeside without popping – or lean back on the take-off slightly – you’ll find yourself spinning through the air at a slight angle (and probably landing tail heavy). This is called ‘corking’ the trick. It can look cool, but if you want to flatten the spin out so you’re more upright in the air, then try to pop more of an ollie off the lip. This will compensate for the angle you’re leaving the jump.

It’s virtually impossible to look down to see where you’re grabbing, so learn how to reach for the grab when you’re strapped in on the flat. Practice in your bedroom until you can grab the very tip of the board in a fraction of a second without looking. And just for good measure, as you’re looking down the run-in to the kicker, squat down and give your grab one last practice touch before you go for the 360.